Local News

  • Local students participate in GSP program

    Four Marion County students joined more than 1,000 students from across the state to participate in Kentucky's Governor's Scholars Program this summer. The students spent five weeks on a college campus during the program, which this year was held at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Morehead State University in Morehead and Centre College in Danville.

  • Special city council meeting Thursday

    The Lebanon City Council has scheduled a special-called meeting at noon Thursday at city hall to approve the second reading of its tax rate ordinance.

    Tuesday, the city council approved the first reading of its tax rate ordinance. The council held a public hearing before its Tuesday meeting, but no comments were made during that hearing.

  • Fire will not affect production at NSU

    Firefighters from every department in Marion County responded to a fire reported at NSU Tuesday evening.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a call at 8:04 p.m. reporting that a thermal oil tank had caught fire at the NSU plant, located at  755 Industrial Drive in Lebanon.

    Firefighters were still on the scene as of 9:45 p.m. Tuesday evening. Marion County EMS was also at the scene.

  • Loretto man's drug conviction overturned

    John E. Clark, 50, of 15 Cissell Road in Loretto had a conviction on charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia reversed by the Court of Appeals.

    As a result, all charges against Clark were dismissed based on a Court of Appeals order suppressing all evidence in this case.

  • School board, superintendent respond to lawsuit

    Superintendent Donald Smith and the Marion County Board of Education are seeking a dismissal of a lawsuit filed by employee Martha Spalding.

    Spalding was offered a contract as a classified employee for the 2009-10 school year, but she argued in her complaint that she should have been offered a certified contract. (A previous news item about the lawsuit incorrectly stated that Spalding was no longer an employee.)

  • In Jesus name ...

    In between songs, Wade Hammond addressed the crowd at the first Heart of Kentucky Christian Music Festival.

    "We can walk and talk with Jesus every single day," he told them.

    Scores of people came to Centre Square for hours of southern gospel music, and the performers displayed both their talent and their faith throughout the day.

    The concert started shortly after 3 p.m. and lasted until after the sun had set.

    Area musicians from Abundant Life Assembly of God and the Trinity Gospelaires opened the concert.

  • 2009-10 school tax hearing is tomorrow

    Tomorrow, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m., the Marion County Board of Education will have a hearing about the school district's tax rates.

    At the board's last meeting, held on Aug. 11, board members approved an "intent" to pass a four percent revenue increase.

    Board member Joe Mattingly was absent from that particular meeting.

    A hearing is required because the proposed rates exceed the compensating rate.

  • Lebanon man convicted of murder in Tennessee double-homicide


    A man who was arrested on Shuck Avenue in Lebanon more than two years ago was sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder in Knox County, Tenn.

    Letalvis Cobbins, 26, of Lebanon was also convicted of first-degree facilitation to murder, aggravated rape, especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, and theft.

    His sentence on the murder charge was handed down Aug. 26. A separate sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 20 on the other charges.

  • Power Lunch

    Health care reform, a newly proposed energy policy and the country's ever-growing deficit were just a few of the hot topics discussed during U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie's visit to the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday.

    Guthrie, who represents the 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, spent the majority of his time Thursday discussing the proposed 1,017-page healthcare bill, HB 3200, which is the House Democrats' health care reform bill.

  • Inmate indicted for escape

    James Edward Combs Jr., 27, of St. Marys Road in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree escape and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, on or about Aug. 2, Combs escaped from the Marion County Detention Center. The indictment also states that he was over the age of 21 and stands convicted of at least two prior felonies after his 18th birthday.